#AprilLove2016 Dear rest

Dear rest

Dear rest…

You are not something I have ever been very good at. In fact, I am sure that is why I fell so hard and so fast when I first started to get ill. I never stopped, I was always running around like a lunatic.

It’s taken me ages to learn how to rest, and to accept that you are a good thing and something to be fought against and resented.

I am so much better these days. I have down time. I make sure I only work 4 days a week. I schedule off at least a week every three months, even if I don’t actually go anywhere and just potter around at home. I take three weeks off at Christmas.

Every day I build in little rests, I leave time at the end of my yoga practice for savasana, I sit at a table for lunch, not in front of my computer or the TV, my music practice means my mind stops thinking about all the things I have to do and sometimes I even just lie still and listen to an audiobook or music. Going for walks in the woods with Buster is another form of rest, albeit not a physical one, it is a rest from the computer, social media and all the other demands on my time.

I think this is the key to you, rest, learning different forms of rest – physical, emotional and mental. Making sure that all are covered, without going too crazy about it and rest becoming another thing on my to-do list, my schedules and my plans.

I wish I had learnt about you when I was younger, although I suspect I wouldn’t have listened.

Love, Jen

Text from my poem:

Focus on self,
Watch mind, emotions,
Not engaging.

Ease shoulders from ears,
Loose knotted stomach,
Release frowning face.

Time to be.
Not to do.


This is contributing towards the April Love 2016 project.

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  1. I tend to get very nervous easily. I have difficulty relaxing. That is one of the reasons that I like to go for long walks in parks, listen to music, and dance, because it helps ease bad things off my mind. I go to the movies and to concerts just to entertain myself. In your opinion, would you say going to those homeopathic doctors help people get rid of stress, every single illnesses such as cancer, heart problems, arthritis, and fatigue? That is one of the reasons that I want to stay active.

  2. I don’t agree with homoepathy – looking at your health holistically is vital, but I don’t like homeopathy at all.

    I find yoga, prayer and meditation help me to relax, but it is something I struggle with a lot!

  3. I have read articles in the internet that people with Stage 4 cancer used homeopathic medicine like a raw vegan diet, vitamin B-17, apricot seeds, herbs, probiotics, and other alternative therapies like ozone therapy, intravenous vitamin C, hypothermia, dendritic cell therapy, juicing, the gerson therapy, cannabis oil, frankincense, essiac tea,and neoplason to treat their terminal cancer instead of using conventional therapies like chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Then, when they used these alternative therapies, all their cancer all over the body disappeared and never returned again and they became alive and well. However, I do not even know that it is true, because you cannot possibly prove it and for all you know, they might had not had cancer the first place. They could had been misdiagnosed. Cancer is a very complex disease and not easy to treat, especially if it is stage 4.

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